Apr 9th 2007
The main thing that you should pay attention to when playing roulette is the roulette wheel. The croupier will tell you when you can no longer place a bet. Then he will take the ball, place it in the wheel and spin it. Both the wheel and the ball are spinning and in the process making the characteristic sound that you will only hear when playing roulette.
The ball will eventually fall onto the track. This is the most exciting part of the game. This is when you hear the clicks that the ball makes and you hope that your number will come up. After the ball has stopped and we know what the winning number is, all the players will now focus on the table, not the wheel.
European Roulette Wheel
The European roulette wheel has all the numbers from 1 to 36 and one 0. It is one of two variations of wheels, the second being the American roulette wheel. Most players prefer to gamble at a European roulette wheel. The reason for that is the house edge of only 2.7%. It is not as low as most players would like, but it is better than the house edge of 5.26% that you will face when playing an American roulette wheel.
The American wheel has such a high house advantage because it has an extra slot. When roulette was first introduced to Vegas, the casinos introduced an extra number, the 00. The reason for that was so the game would fit the Vegas standards, but it did not go well among gamblers that did not agree to the house increasing its edge.
American Roulette Wheel
The American wheel has all the numbers from 1 to 36 and a 0 and a 00. The numbers that you see on the wheel are not randomly arranged. They are arranged in such a way that the ball has equal chances of stopping on a high, odd, low or even number.
The 0 and 00 are placed on opposite sides of the wheel and have the color green. Even and odd numbers alternate, and so do the colors red and black. The rest of the numbers are distributed randomly. Casinos frequently check the roulette tables to make sure they do not have any flaws and that they are properly balanced.
The house edge when playing an American roulette wheel is as high as 5.26%. The reason behind such a high percentage is the extra slot, the 00. Without it the house advantage would drop to 2.7%, just as in the European roulette wheel.
No matter what type of roulette wheel you will play, this is still a wonderful game to play. You have high chances of winning and have great fun in the process.
On the roulette table you will find lots of other things, besides the roulette table. If you would like to know what these things are and learn more about them, visit our table layout section. The more you know about the game, the better you will play. It is for the best to put in the time and learn all you can about the game before playing it and gambling your had earned cash.